Back in the office today, working on my SGU script. A little slow-going but I’m managing to maintain the snail’s pace of one scene a day. By comparison, Carl and Marty G. have already delivered their first drafts. Rob and Brad have almost completed episode #3. And Alan reports that he is well into the third act of his script. Paul, thankfully, is only two pages into the outline of his episode.
More news on the casting front. We have our Scott and Stasiak! Official press release to come!
Sugarless Day #4 was typified by headaches, lethargy, and feelings of despair. Tomorrow promises slight nausea, tremors, and the overwhelming desire to chew on the crumb-speckled paper plate upon which sat the morning office muffins. Fondy is quick to point out that, starved of glucose, I may also experience some brain shrinkage during this two week period. Out of curiosity, let me know if anyone notices a difference.
Oh, and before I forget – Congratulations to the Utah Utes who, having disposed of former #1 Alabama in impressive fashion the other night, thereby completing the season as the nation’s only undefeated team, should by all rights lay claim to this year’s national championship over (at least) 1 loss also-rans Oklahoma (who suffered a 10 point loss to Texas. At home!) and Florida (who lost to 20th ranked Mississippi. At home.)
Shawna writes: “Can you rec five sci-fi books that have strong, interesting characters who aren’t overshadowed by the scientific or philosophical aspects?”
Answer: Hmmm. Try: Old Man’s War (John Scalzi), The Dark Beyond the Stars (Frank Robinson), The Player of Games (Iain M. Banks), Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card), The Speed of Dark (Elizabeth Moon). Start with those.
Joebags writes: “So word on the street says SGU PTB have hired a 20 year old Canadian Idol reject as one of their stars.”
Answer: Really? I also heard that ground rhino horn increases your libido. Fascinating.
AV Eddy writes: “ Do you find that you aren’t sure of what books you have in your extensive library? A cataloging librarian friend of mine told me about LibraryThing.com”
Answer: My books are right in front of me (in my office) and I keep track of them with a handy Word document. I like LibraryThing but last time I checked it wasn’t WordPress- compatible.
Craig MD writes: “Regarding the Stargate: Universe casting, I don’t remember seeing a “Scott” listed in the casting calls that were released (available on gateworld). Is this a new character or did Jared Nash get a name change?”
Answer: Scott is the new Nash. And green is the new red!
Brinzy writes: “So my question is, do you know what channel it will be airing on and when (if you know), cause it would be a lot more entertaining to watch it on something bigger than my computer screen.”
Answer: Sorry. Aside from Friday at 9:00 p.m. on SciFi, I have no idea where and when the show airs in your area.
Terry writes: “You have a couch in your kitchen?”
Answer: Our kitchen opens out into the living room. That way, on those rare occasions when we eat at home, we can choose t.v. over meaningful dinner conversation.
Terry also writes: “Five writers left? Who? I assume you and Paul? Do Brad and Rob count as part of the writing staff or are they more producerly sorts?”
Answer: Brad and Robert are most definitely part of the SGU writing department.
Shiningwit writes: “Baboon? Baboon? People’ve been hung up by their ankles for less Mister! The librarian is an Orangutan.”
Answer: Ook! My bad!
Shirt ‘n Tie writes: “How is Carl Binder lately? He has been awfully quiet? That’s generally not a good sign!!Is he making progress on the new SG1 Movie Script? Also how is your Super de Duper Secret Project?? Have you moved on from the Retirement Home scene???”
Answers: Carl is well. He delivered the first draft of his SGU script today. Also, he’s well into the SG-1 movie script. As for my super, secret project – I’m well past the nursing home scene and well into the hotel room browbeating.
Drldeboer writes: “This isn’t the first cat loss for me (Ralph was 21), but it NEVER gets easier.”
Answer: Didn’t get around to saying it the other day but just wanted you to know I was very saddened to hear about Jet.
Tamijb writes: “So with the casting coming to an end does this mean that we may have SGU airing in the fall.”
Answer: If I was a betting man, I’d be looking at a summer premiere.
Tammy writes: “I’m excited to hear about new writers for the show! Do you put out a call to agents or is it possible for an agent, or even a writer, to contact you directly about submitting a spec script?”
Answer: The production contacts agents who submit clients they think would be a good fit. Their (non-Stargate) spec scripts are read and, if a particular writer looks promising, he or she is invited to pitch.
Narelle from Aus writes: “Sorry Joe, forgot to ask, how is the Wii going?”
Answer: We’ve both been so busy that we haven’t had a chance to set it up yet.